Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Pop, Rock, Metal
Updated versions of all eight cuts from the British metal group's 1989 'On Target' album, each featuring Eddie Clark having redone his original guitar work, as he was unhappy with the original sound & got the rights to the... more »
Updated versions of all eight cuts from the British metal group's 1989 'On Target' album, each featuring Eddie Clark having redone his original guitar work, as he was unhappy with the original sound & got the rights to the album back in 1998. Lea Hart, who's first album with the band was 'On Target', has helped out Clark here on remaking five Fastway classics (added as bonus tracks): 'Say What You Will', 'Trick Or Treat', 'Station', 'Make My Day' & 'Easy Livin''. 13 tracks total. 1998 Receiver Records release.
A great album sabotaged by the band's past....
Matthew S. Maynard | 07/01/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"On Target is an album that has been misunderstood and unfairly dismissed since its release almost 20 years ago. After 4 marginally successful (at best) albums of bluesy hard rock, Fastway took a drastic turn with this album. After losing their major label contract and everyone else in the band (including longtime vocalist Dave King), Eddie Clarke renovated Fastway with a new line-up and sound. In retrospect, this was probably a bad move. Lea Hart and company proved to be capable musicians, but most Fastway fans believed there was no replacing King. The major controversy here was the severe change in sound. On Target was a slick production full of harmonizers and keyboards. It had more to do with 80s pop metal or AOR than Fastway's bluesy past. Many thought it was great in that context and the album did earn the group some new fans, but the backlash from Fastway's fan base basically sealed the band's fate. Issuing the album under a different band name may have been a better choice, but Clarke probably didn't have it in him to start from scratch a third time (once with Motorhead, once with Fastway and then again with a new project). Recommended for fans of Def Leppard, Prophet, House of Lords, etc.."